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townsend. she is a member of the cia external advisory committee. fran, you said that this is a terrible blow for the country, aside from losing his expertise to the cia what other reprecussions do you see to the intelligence community? >> you know what, i think we have to put this in perspective. while much of washington, i think, the country was shocked by yesterday's news of david petraeus' resignation, the cia is an agency that has suffered terrible losses. remember, at the coast bombing they lost a good number of their own offices, who were killed. so, this is an agency that understands the depths of loss and the heights of success and the killing of bin laden. they're going to be fine. move on as an organization and the new acting deputy director career analyst from the cia. he was george w. bush's presidential briefer. he is an absolute professional and respected throughout the agency. look, i expect that the cia will be, you know, certainly competently and well led and they will continue to focus on their mission as they have through other successes and other tragedy. >> a former
that in a moment with dana bash and fran townsend. new explosions happening right now in gaza. let's go to sara sidner. what are you hearing? >> reporter: s >> sara, it's anderson cooper what are you hearing. >> we just looked at a ball of fire that was a ball of spark, eventually. i'll move out of the shot here. it was an absolutely bone-rattling blast and we all fell to the floor. what we now know is that we think that the building that it hit was perhaps a police headquarters that used to be the office where you would pick up your passport in years past, but this has been the closest strike to us that we've seen. we're not quite sure because we did not hear the it willtale signs of an air strike so we're not exactly sure what went on in there, but man, was there a couple of very, very strong blasts and then we saw a ball of fire coming up and it also looked like there were sparks and so that might indicate that there were perhaps some explosives or something inside whatever building was hit and we're also hearing the sounds of drones overhead. it sounds almost like a lawn mower, anderson and
townsend, a member of the cia's external advisory board. fran, have you been talking to sources, what have you learned about possible legal fallout? >> it's interesting, anderson. we understand that paula broadwell consented to the search of her homes, but after a discussion between her lawyers and the fbi, they decided to get a search warrant. we understand that they are reviewing documents, but based on what they've seen so far, they say that the classified material is one, not substantial, two, while it may be a technical violation, it's not egregious. as a result of that, the law enforcement official told me they don't expect there will be a prosecution related to the unauthorized release of classify information, but that ultimately, that's not a decision that the fbi will make. they will make a presentation, they expect to wrap up in the next few days. they may want to do a final interview of paula broadwell, they will present what they have to the justice department and it's ultimately the justice's department decision whether to prosecute or issue a declaration. basically they'll de
as well today. fred kaplin joins me from slate.com, author and fran townsend, a contributor for us. fred, let me start with you. you were the first to write about this specific, the affair today and to mention paulabroad well. what can you tell us? >> well, i can tell you that i have this from multiple, highly reliable sources. you know, she wrote this book about him, which was more of a valentine to him. people, it had been rumored that something was going on between the two of them for some time. i never believed it. people who knew him better than i did never believed it. i've always viewed him as a very straight arrow. >> i had the same impression. a man who walked the walk and talked the talk. and fran, you also know him very well. is this, this specific affair, this really the reason that he is resigning? >> yeah, i've heard nothing to suggest there's any other reason. i think it is in fact related to the allegations of the extramarital affair and look, i think when you look at the letter he wrote, he's taken personal responsibility. he's hold, i think he's holding himself accounta
.s. intelligence community? joining me now is fran townsend and bob baer and suzanne kelly. suzanne, what more can you tell us about the probe into the relationship with paula broadwell? do we know how long this has been going on? >> we don't know how long it was going on, but just the -- so they're the ones that would look into accusations of inappropriate access to classified information. individuals that hold clearances, are they doing what they need to be doing to make sure that information stays safe? is there any opportunity whatsoever that that information could be exploited by either a spy or anyone else who shouldn't have access to that information. so the fact that they were the ones looking into this, tells you that, you know, they were concerned about some of the e-mail things. let's back up for a moment. this was a tip that they were given. that there was this relationship going on between the two. what they have dug into were things like e-mails, texts, things like that. and they know the two, if it turns out to be paula, and we can't confirm it is, and a tip was given using her name
contributor, fran townsend. the u.s. ambassador to syria, robert ford, confirmed that the obama administration is considering deeper intervention to help the rebels in syria, something that to date, it's been loathe to do. no decision has been made at least not yet, we're told. what do you make of this? it would certainly be a dramatic policy shift. >> it would, wolf, but in some ways, it's too late. it's awfully, there are real consequences to the fact we waited and acted through allies. this has been a real crisis along the turkish border. we worked with our arab allies in saudi arabia and qatar but meanwhile, the vacuum that's been created while the assad regime annihilates its own people, the bloodshed that's taken place, has created this vacuum. the lack of western action, not just u.s. but also its allies, and allowed people like al qaeda to get in there and extremists and insert themselves. it's become a much more dangerous situation. we have seen the developments today with taking down of the internet, for example, and you really do have to worry about why the assad regime is doing tha
questions i guess right now than answers, fran townsend, appreciate it. appreciate your reporting. let us hear what you think. i've been tweeting about this already tonight. up next, the company responsible for 150,000 people in the new york area still without power. we'll tell you about a damning report about how unprepared that company was for a storm like sandy. keeping them honest. >> announcer: you never know when, but thieves can steal your identity and turn your life upside down. >> hi. >> hi. you know, i can save you 15% today if you open up a charge card account with us. >> you just read my mind. >> announcer: just one little piece of information and they can open bogus accounts, stealing your credit, your money and ruining your reputation. that's why you need lifelock to relentlessly protect what matters most... [beeping...] helping stop crooks before your identity is attacked. and now you can have the most comprehensive identity theft protection available today... lifelock ultimate. so for protection you just can't get anywhere else, get lifelock ultimate. >> i didn't know how
'll hear from white house court reporter briana keiller and fran townsend and former governor of michigan jennifer granholm, host of "the war room" on current tv. >>> the last time the president held an official news conference, rick santorum appeared to have the edge over mitt romney in republican primaries, and the first campaign reallily was two months away. that was back in march 6th. fast forward to today we want to bring in briana keiller. it's expected that the fiscal cliff is going to be a big topic, but also the scandal that broke about the former cia chief, david petraeus. how does the president essentially stay on message and move on to the economy? >> well, is he going to be trying to turn this to the economy, suzanne, but the fact is he will be definitely getting questions about the scandal, about general petraeus, and certainly about his faith in general allen, so that is going to be a topic. he will try to pivot to the economy and to talk about the fiscal cliff, which is obviously his number one priority trying to get that resolved, and we also expect that he will be here t
now than answers, fran townsend, appreciate it. appreciate your reporting. let us hear what you think. i've been tweeting about this already tonight. up next, the company responsible for 150,000 people in the new york area still without power. we'll tell you about a damning report about how unprepared that company was for a storm like sandy. keeping them honest. those surprising little things she does still make you take notice. there are a million reasons why. but your erectile dysfunction that could be a question of blood flow. cialis for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include hea
you, sir. >> back now with dana bash and fran townsend. fran recently visited libya with her employer. you have been critical about how it's handled the situation. isn't it an overreach to say that the president is lying? when i asked him for actual evidence, he didn't seem to have any. >> he didn't seem to let you talk, anderson. you could barely get the question out. i think it's a stretch. i'm not prepared to say that president is lying. i don't think that they handled the protection of the consulate running up to the attack very well or the aftermath of it. i don't think explained it very well to the american people. i don't think we can say at this point that we have evidence that the president lied. it's interesting. obviously the president was aware very early on that there was a possibility that this had been a terrorist attack. and i go back to his statement in the rose garden. he talked about the protests, the attack and the tragedy and made sort of a general -- sort of a veiled reference to terrorism. but it was queconveniently ther. i think he made it possible that as they
at the foundation of the defense of democracies. also joining us, fran townsend. fran, you have been at the white house when a nominee or potential nominee is in trouble with members of congress, you know when a high stakes meeting this was between ambassador rice and three of her harshest senate critics. usually a lot of preparation goes into a meeting like that. that makes it all the more surprising to me and i'm sure to you that the acting cia director michael morrell would stumble so badly. do you think if it was an innocent mistake it adds fuel to the fire, doesn't it? >> that's right, wolf. look, this was -- the event took place on september 11th. mistakes in the early days are understandable because of the fog of war, conflicting reports. you can sort of excuse that. but this far later it is unfortunate. listen, mike morrell, the acting director of the cia, he had been senate confirmed as the deputy prior to this, he is a career officer, very well respected. i'm sure he's furious for having made the mistake and being give cgiven bad information. there is no excuse for it this late in the g
to investigate this. fran townsend, appreciate it. there is new information on jill kelley and her husband scott. they started a charity and dissolved it later. >> drew joins me, what have you learned? >> another twisted part of this tale. as jill kelley was entertaining top military brass in her backyard she and her husband were battling a bank and court because the documents show the red brick house that we have been showing purchased in 2004 for $1.5 million four years later the bank files to foreclose on the kelly's because the bank says they hadn't sent in a mortgage payment since september 2009. the kellkelleys show they are n other lawsuits involving money and the kelley family. >> what about the charity? >> it was called the dr. kelley cancer foundation. it was to conduct research and efforts of term ali ill patients. it spent the same amount on expenses and no record of cancer research and record of care for patients. resources said the matching amounts in a charity's first year are very unusual. more than $8,000 on automobile expenses. dues and subscriptions $6700 the charity lifted $5
, in relation to confidential s material she may be in the clear as well? >> yeah, fran townsend had reported this earlier this evening. it is peers as though the information may have been classified but there wasn't any serious concerns there. it will be up to the department of justice to decide. >> he released a statement today saying he intends to cooperate with the agency. he believes that the e-mails were harmless. >> his statement was pretty confident. it didn't sound like something coming that it was going to be damaging from their careers. it some possible that at the end of the day general petraeus was the casualty of an affair. of how he had phrased it himself as a lack of judgement. it would be that he is the biggest casually out of this. >> thank you very much. >> pleasure. >> joining me now is one of the senator senators taking the said of president obama. getting heated today between the president and you guys over this issue. how convinced that you are right in your suspicions that there is genuine foul play here? more questions and answers. that is why we called for the collec
at the foundation of the defense of democracies. also joining us, fran townsend. you have been at the white house when a nominee is in trouble with members of congress, you know when a high stakes meeting this was between ambassador rice. the acting cia director would stumble so badly. do you think if it was an innocent mistake it adds fuel to the fire? >> this was the event took place on september the 11th. the first few days are understandable. you can sort of excuse that. but this far later it is unfortunate. mike morell. he had been senate confirmed at the deputy prior to this. very well respected. there is no excuse for it. this late in the game. these meetings were so important to be making those kinds of mistakes now. >> you say it is not an insignificant mistake that he made. >> no. i don't think so. i mean the administration got itself in trouble. being so assertive on setelevisn and denying the possibility that you add han organized terrorist attack in benghazi. and i think it got inflated and if ambassador rice and others had been determined to say that the well-known video was behind
in cnn national security contributor fran townsend and member of the cia's external advisory committee. fran recently visited libya with her employer, mcandrews forbes. also joining us, cnn contributor and former fbi assistant director, tom fuentes. fran, what do you make of this? as it's evolved and what we know right now? >> first of all, on the benghazi claim, she made that they were holding prisoners there, we should tell our viewers, anderson, the cia has vehemently denied that and says it's not true. look, this is a real problem for the morale and continuity of the cia. they have been through something like seven directors in eight years. this is not -- they lived through worse. they lived through the bombing where they lost members but the problem is the death by a thousand cuts. the clip you played by dianne feinstein suggests she calls it peeling layers of an onion. what we don't know is the whole story, the facts of the story. this jill kelley, it's sort of odd these harassing e-mails. why would a private citizen getting harassing e-mails merit the attention of the fbi at all
of democracies, also joining us, national security contributor, fran townsend, president bush's homeland security adviser. currently sits on the advisory committee. fran, you have been at a white house when a nominee or potential nominee has been in trouble. you know what a high stakes meeting this was, yesterday, between ambassador rice and three of her toughest critics. usually a lot of preparation goes into a meeting like this. and it makes me all the more surprised that the acting director, cia director, michael morrell, first saying the fbi changed the talking points. then calling the senators back later and saying it was actually the cia that took out the references to al-qaeda. even if was an innocent mistake it sort of adds fuel to the fire, doesn't it? >> that is right, wolf, and the event took place on september 11th. mistakes in the first few days, early days are understandable because of the fog of war and conflicting reports. you can sort of excuse that. but this far later it is really unfortunate. look, mike morrell, the acting director of the cia, had been senate-confirmed as the d
to these classified documents? "outfront" tonight, cnn national security contributor, fran townsend. she's also a member of the cia external add voizry committee and knowed a lot about what it means to have top clearance. the name of the fbi agent, frederick humphries, who was by the way, involved in foiling a terrorist attack in 1999. very accomplished fbi agent. what do you know about the relationship? >> it's interesting. apparently, i understand from a senior law enforcement official that humphries and jill kelley met when she attended the citizens academy. this is a sort of familiarization program that the fbi runs across the country in communities to familiarize people and sort of get them to understand the work of the fbi in their community so it's part of the see something, say something. this is another mean of the fbi reaching out in local communities. jill kelley ateptended in tampa. agent humphries i'm also told is a member of the fig. field intelligence group. it would make sense. part of their responsibility is to go out, to gather information, you know, appropriate to their missi
, fran townsend reported this earlier that it appears that the information on her computer may have been classified, but it was not all that egregious and nothing there that there were any concerns about national security and possibly not even enough there to bring any charges against her. of course, piers, that is for the department of justice to decide if charges will be brought against her and not up to the fbi. >> and finally general allen read a statement saying he full willy intends to cooperate with the inspectors and sincerely appreciates the support of the president and the members of the public, and he says he is in the clear, and that e-mails he exchanged with jill kelley are innocuous. >> yes, he was confident and didn't sound like it was coming from a person who was worried a about anything coming out that would be damaging to their care career. it is possible at the end of the day, general petraeus was really the casualty of an affair of, you know, how he had even phrased it himself a as an incredible lack of judgment. ultima ultimately, it was his decision to step down fro
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